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ND Power Line Proposed Through 1864 Battlefield

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A power company is planning to build electrical transmission lines and a substation in the area of a historical 1864 battle between Army soldiers and Indians in what's now western North Dakota. 

An alliance seeking to protect the environment and history of the Killdeer Mountains already is battling oil drilling there, and member Rob Sand calls the new proposal "alarming." 

Basin Electric Power Cooperative plans to build a line from its Antelope Valley Stations near Beulah west and north into the Bakken oil fields to meet a huge demand for electricity. 

Project coordinator Curt Pearson says Basin hired an archaeologist to inventory the area, and no significant cultural sites were found. The National Park Service also is conducting its own two-year study of the area.

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